“I can still win title despite qualifying wows“. Those are the words of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg but is the writing on the wall for the German?
After out qualifying teammate Lewis Hamilton in 2014, the German driver has found the Brit a much sterner opponent in 2015. He currently trails Hamilton 10-1 on Saturday afternoons, this is the largest gap amongst team mates on the grid.
Toto Wolff has suggested that Rosberg should turn his attention to try ‘getting half of the job done’ on a Saturday afternoon, as this would give him a better chance to add to his current tally of three wins this season, and cutting the gap to Lewis.
Rosberg however does not share his bosses sentiments and that improving his race craft remains his main focus for the remainder of the 2015 campaign as this will be more beneficial.
“Well if you look at the first half of the year, I only narrowly missed out. In Hungary there were even times where I was leading the championship. There was not much in it.
“So yes, for sure of course it would help to be in front more often than not, like last year, definitely but then last year sometimes I lacked a bit of race craft and lost out. This year if I keep on going strongly in that area then yeah, I can make it happen even if I am second most the time in qualifying.”
One of the biggest issues facing the cars this season is to overtake other cars, even those with a much greater speed advantage. This was no more evident than at Silverstone, when both Mercedes drivers found themselves stuck behind the Williams pair. Therefore surely this must mean that winning the Saturday battle gives the driver in front the upper hand both on track and with team strategy?
“I don’t particularly remember as good as year as this in qualifying. Belgium was an incredibly positive feeling to be able to perform the way I did,” he said, referring to his qualifying performance. I don’t think this year’s races have reflected my actual pace, or performance between qualifying and my pole positions so I need to convert more poles to wins. That’s my goal now.”